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UK Project Management Round Up

By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK



It hardly seems a month since the main project of the year finished – the UK General Election closed with the result we all now know. This completion of the democratic process was supposed to unleash a flood of new or delayed projects but so far there has been little sign of the expected tidal wave. Instead, there are several other projects that have completed, some delayed decisions and the threat of a new megaproject. We also have a few


One small but significant project completed this last month. Rats have been eradicated from the island of South Georgia. This may not seem a big deal, unless you are a ground nesting seabird, but rats escaped from ships calling at the Island and multiplied until there were estimated to be millions loose.


Photo courtesy of the British Geological Society

These creatures took to eating the only source of food available and hence destroyed more than 90% of the bird population. Now, after a campaign that lasted some 5 years and cost in excess of £7.5 million of which UK government provided £750,000 the island is free from this invasive pest. The first phase completed in 2011 when the overall plan was tested and found to be viable. After an intensive fund raising period which allowed 3 Bolkow – 105 helicopters to be purchased, the second phase, a major drop of poison took place in the first half of 2013.

The final phase was completed by the large poison spreading activity took place. Covering some 100,000 hectares, this is the largest habitat restoration project yet undertaken. Early results show some significant improvements: the South Georgia pipit has pulled back from the brink of extinction. Other notable varieties on the increase include the South Georgia pintail and several types of albatross.

Another successful project took place millions of miles from Earth – the Philae Lander that touched down – several times – on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has re-booted and sent down 85 seconds worth of data. This is a much bigger deal that it sounds as the data has been transmitted via the orbiting Rosetta satellite which is now being repositioned to improve the strength of signals. All this is being done remotely but a very large multinational project team based at the European Space Agency.


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About the Author

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Salisbury, UK




Miles Shepherd is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses. Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia. His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). He is currently Director of PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and the Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management. He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance. Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at [email protected].

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